Welcome to Silu Wang, new Ph.D. student


Silu recently arrived from Molly Cummings’ lab at UT Austin, where she received an M.A. in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior for her thesis work on “Behavior, morphology and genetic signatures of sexual selection in poeciliid fish.”

Welcome Silu!!

Miguel Alcaide publishes paper on “ring species” genomics in Nature


Congrats to Miguel! The citation:

Alcaide, M., E.S.C. Scordato, T.D. Price, and D.E. Irwin. 2014. Genomic divergence in a ring species complex. Nature 511: 83-85.  Link

Feel free to email Darren Irwin for a PDF.

The press release:

To read about our earlier work on the Greenish Warbler ring species, see here.

Call for archiving of bird images, recordings, and DNA published: OMBIRDS


The citation:

Szabo, I., S. Cavaghan, G. Hurley, and D.E. Irwin. 2014. A call for the preservation of images, recordings, and other data in association with avian genetic samples, and the introduction of a solution: OMBIRDS. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 131: 321-326. Link

Feel free to email Darren Irwin for a PDF.

For more information, please see the OMBIRDS page at the Beaty Museum’s website:


Congrats to Dr. Toews!


Dave Toews defended his Ph.D., titled “Hybridization, Speciation and the Biogeography of Genetic and Phenotypic Variation in Setophaga Warblers,” with much success on April 14th, 2004. We all wish Dr. Toews all the best with his future work. We have greatly enjoyed Dave’s presence as a M.Sc. and then Ph.D. student, and will miss him very much.

Congrats to Dr. Lee-Yaw!


Julie defended her thesis, titled “Understanding parapatric range limits in the Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum),” with much success on Friday, December 7th, 2013.

We wish Julie all the best with her move to Switzerland for a postdoc with Prof. Dr. Yvonne Willi, at the University of Neuchâtel, where Julie will continue studying range limits, this time with plants. She will be missed here at UBC!